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Ryan Madson close to a deal with the Angels, and will likely be their closer

The Los Angeles Angels are close to a deal with free agent righthanded reliever Ryan Madson, major-league sources told

The deal is believed to be for one guaranteed year.

Madson, from nearby Moreno County, was looking for a chance to close, and he should have that with the Angels. He missed the 2012 season after having Tommy John surgery.

Last year was his one season with the Reds after spendingeight seasons with the Phillies.Madon had been one of the National league's best set-up man before a promotion to closer in 2011, when he saved 32 games in 34 chances. From 2008-2011 with Philadelphia, Madon had a 2.81 ERA and averaged 68 streikouts in 68 innings, Alden Gonzalez of pointed out.

The Phillies were among the teams that tried to re-sign Madson. the Reds showed interest, as well, but are deep in talks with Jonathan Broxton now. Madson used Angels doctors as he rehabbed in Southern California.

The Angels were looking for a closer after leading the American League with 22 blown saves last year and struggling the year before in the very same category. Ernesto Frieri was a strikeout sensation after coming over in a trade from San Diego, but the Angels prefer him to be the set-up man.

The Angels didn;t want to spend too much on a closer and are aiming to bring back star righthanded starter Zack Greinke.

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